Kindergarten bushfire risk

Kindergarten bushfire risk

Due to being a bushfire hazard the Byford Community Kindergarten is set to relocate to Byford Primary School in August.

Children and staff from Byford Community Kindergarten will relocate to Byford Primary School this term.

A bushfire risk assessment deemed the site an extreme bushfire hazard for use as a kindergarten.

The assessment was completed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services recently and was part of the Department of Education’s ongoing bushfire risk management plan.

Department of Education acting executive director Milan Trifunovic said relocating the Byford Community Kindergarten was a decision made with the safety of children and staff in mind.

“Measures to reduce the hazard are not possible,” he said.

“So the bushfire risk makes the continued use of the site unsafe.”

Mr Trifunovic said from August 21 the community kindergarten would be temporarily relocated to facilities at Byford Primary School.

“Plans are already well underway to accommodate the children and staff,” he said.

“We’re also working with the Byford Community Kindergarten Parent Management Committee on a future location for the kindergarten.”

Byford Primary School principal Suzanne Heath said once the bushfire hazard was confirmed immediate plans were made to ensure the kindergarten children would be comfortable at their new site.

“The children will learn in our pre-primary classroom this term and our pre-primary students will move to another area,” she said.

“All our classes will run as normal with no changes to staff and we look forward to welcoming the children and staff to our site.”